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Random Cubing Discussion


Jan 4, 2017
I think prediction is already a pretty good term to describe this. Even if you don’t completely know what the next alg will be, you can still predict a few pieces.

Do you have other reasons to not use prediction? I don’t see how people using it informally means we need a different special term for it.

That’s true, I just think the concept could be explored more like in the way I brought up, and by giving it a name we can bring more attention to it. I think prediction is a fine term, but we could have also used “prediction” instead of “lookahead”. By giving it a term I think it warranted more focus from the community, and I think prediction/lookinto deserves more focus.
Oct 12, 2020
Littlestown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A, Yuxin Earth 2x2
Are talking about Lightyear...? I've had bad experiences with him to say the least, but he hates when I ignore him ;)
Yes. So I'm not the only one he said he was 13 but I doubt a 13 year-old could be that annoying. I've got some funny screenshots of my conversation with him. I might create a thread about it.

As a side thought I wonder if he has any relation to the spam bot attacks that happened here on SS?

He's a pretty pathetic spammer.


Dec 24, 2015
Nobody really should be caring about this, but I do have to defend my reputation because Christopher Mowla is, somehow, really upset that I decided to spend time trying to teach him things.

See the edit at: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/one-answer-puzzle-theory-question-thread.56699/post-1443444

This is a pattern I recognise because we're similar people. We both think we're very smart (I mean, it's true, we both are very smart), and we're both very proud of our work and like to plug it every time we have a chance to. And because I recognise it and I see myself in this, I have to point it out: he knew he wrote his original 2-gen corner permutation proof under rushed time conditions, he admitted that his "proofs" were probably incomplete, he had been told years ago that the proofs were flawed (this wasn't something I sprung on him just last Saturday), and he still plugs his Math StackExchange answer repeatedly.

(To be clear, I don't take issue with the rest of that answer. My only beef is with the 2-gen corner permutation part. Unfortunately, that's also the most interesting part and the part that deserves the most scrutiny.)

Perhaps I should have worded my initial response more cordially, but seeing incorrect proofs repeatedly being posted annoys the hell out of me. You may remember I had a link to a LessWrong article about fake explanations in my signature for about a year (before removing it somewhat more recently). This is exactly the kind of fake explanation I had in mind. (I'm not saying that Christopher is the only offender. He's not even the biggest offender! This is just the most recent incident I can think of.) You can string together a bunch of keywords and maybe give readers an impression that you know what you're talking about, but if it falls apart upon closer inspection, (i) it fails to serve the purpose of an explanation and (ii) now you've tricked less-critical readers into accepting a non-explanation. I consider preventing (ii) from happening to be my life duty.

If your objection is that "at least he tried to write a proof; you haven't!", then I should point out that I actually have, three times over. I just never posted any of them here. One of them exists somewhere in my disorganised pile of notes (this is the outer automorphism proof I sketched in another post), one of them exists on my personal blog, and one of them exists on a different forum. I vaguely had plans to turn one of them into a video lecture but real life and general laziness got in the way. (Maybe I should now, while the topic is still fresh in my mind. If there's only one good thing to come out of this petty dispute…)

ALSO FOR THE NTH TIME I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR: I'm trying to not hold any personal grudge against Christopher. Despite his somewhat snarky response in the puzzle theory OAQT (I'm not blind to snark; I'm snarky all the time, how could I be?), I still mentioned him in the hopes that he would find what I wrote interesting and hopefully bury the hatchet there. But nope, eyes-up reaction, for god knows what reason. And let's not forget how he referred to my suggestion of partially disabling animated avatars with a bullet list of points of how it's a bad idea; never mind that I only suggested that as a compromise between disabling animated avatars entirely and still having them on the site, in an attempt to placate as many people as possible.

I half-expect this post to get deleted, but hopefully I'll have made my point clearly enough before that happens.